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Photos: Glowing Lava Fall in Holuhraun

A lava fall has formed in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands. A branch of the lava river flowing from the crater has reached the edge of the new lava field in the north and cascades like a red-hot waterfall over the edge and down to the sand plains below.

The lava river in Holuhraun.

New IR Photo of Holuhraun Lava River

Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson flew over the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, the northeastern highlands yesterday. It was Páll’s fifth trip to the eruption site. He observed a red hot river of lava flowing through blackened lava fields.

The eruption in Holuhraun up close.

Sixty-Three Big Earthquakes Hit Bárðarbunga

A total of 63 earthquakes above magnitude 5.0 have occurred in and around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier between August 16 and November 25. Lately, the frequency of such big earthquakes has declined; last week there were five days between them.

A screenshot of an eruption video by Ómar Ragnarsson and Friðþjófur Helgason.

New Nighttime Video of Eruption

Icelandic journalist and pilot Ómar Ragnarsson along with filmmaker Friðþjófur Helgason made the following video of the Holuhraun eruption during a recent evening flyover.

Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.

Bárðarbunga Magma Closer to the Surface

The first data received from new seismographs put up on Bárðarbunga volcano, which lies under Vatnajökull glacier, last week, shows that the magma is much closer to the surface than previously thought.

Holuhraun eruption lava

Fluctuating Lava Flow in Holuhraun

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues to be strong, although its productivity has decreased from mid-September. The activity is similar to what it has been in the last two weeks but the lava flow is more fluctuating.

The lava at Holuhraun running into river Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Holuhraun Eruption Intensity Unchanged

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity as it has for the last two weeks, as reported in the latest Status Report from the Civil Protection Department. Lava continues to flow out of the lava lake in the crater.

A close-up of a Holuhraun lava fountain and stream.

Travel Association Discusses Access to Eruption

Members of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association met in Akureyri yesterday to discuss cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection and other supervisory authorities on organizing trips to the eruption in Holuhraun. The association would like to see the ban on entering the area lifted...

SO2 pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, seen from Reykjavík

Meeting Today to Discuss Eruption Pollution

An information meeting about the sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands will be held at the Icelandic Met Office on Bústaðavegur 7 in Reykjavík at 2:30 pm today.

The sun above the new lava.

New Holuhraun Lava Field Keeps Expanding

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity as it has for the last two weeks. Lava continues to flow out of the lava lake in the crater to the east-southeast. The lava field now measures approximately 72 square km and is twice the size of Lake Mývatn.

The Holuhraun eruption seen from a distance, across a lava field.

Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake Hits Bárðarbunga

An earthquake of 5.4 in magnitude hit the northern caldera rim of Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier at 1:37 am yesterday. Following the event, seismic activity in the intrusive dike, connecting the volcano with the eruption in Holuhraun, increased slightly.

Pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, October 13, 2014

Acid Rain from Eruption Found around Iceland

Acid rain has been found in 40 percent of samples of rainwater collected by the Icelandic Met Office in various locations around Iceland since September. The acidity level has dropped as low as pH 3, while regular precipitation has a pH level of 5-6.

sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun eruption in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, September 10, 2014

Residents to Meet to Discuss Eruption Pollution

A community meeting will be held in Höfn, Southeast Iceland, at 8 pm tonight to discuss the impact of the ongoing volcanic eruption in Holuhraun. Representatives of the Earth Sciences Institute, the Directorate of Health, the Icelandic Met Office, the Environment Agency of Iceland and the Civic...

The Holuhraun eruption fissure and ash.

Eruption Emitting up to 60,000 Tons of SO2 Per Day

Between 2,000 and 3,000 truckloads of sulfur dioxide (SO2) are being emitted daily from the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands, according to Jónas Elíasson, seismic engineer at the University of Iceland.

Sulfur dioxide pollution visible over Reykjavík

Pollution Forecast across Northwest Iceland Tomorrow

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun is expected mainly across western Iceland today but at low levels. Tomorrow, the pollution may be felt in many places northwest of the eruption site, according to the latest forecast from the Icelandic Met Office.

Pollution from the eruption at Þingvellir

Sulfur Dioxide Pollution in Reykjavík

The level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the Holuhraun eruption reached close to 1,000 mµ/m3 in the capital area during the night. At levels above 600 mµ/m3 individuals with underlying conditions are likely to experience respiratory symptoms and outdoor activity is advised against.

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